Anthropology for Kids is a series of books, workshops and conversations each full of pictures and stories about what it means to be a human.
WHAT ARE WE DOING
The promise of anthropology is one of opening up our sense of human possibility. In a thousand ways we are taught to lower our expectation, to accept that the world we live in is the only possible world. But thousands of other ways of organizing homes, cities, schools, societies, economies, cosmologies, have and could exist. The series is designed – in the spirit of Borges, Eco or Lem – to play with possibility, to overcome the suspicion, subtly inculcated in every day, that life is necessarily limited, miserable, and boring.
This series is spinning the anthropological history of every continent, helping us to discover both the points of diversity and unity in how people have lived around the globe and throughout the times.
Pointing on examples coming from the wide spectrum of different cultures it researches the existential and universal question of what it means to be human – as a kid and as an adult – in order to discover the huge diversity of how differently people live around the globe and throughout the times.
WHO WE ARE
I (Nika Dubrovsky – artist) started this project with my late husband (David Graeber – anthropologist), who, are with our friends (you perhaps), producing politically challenging children’s books for adults (children too). We have discovered something interesting: no one will publish books like that. Even if you’re a famous author, great artist, etc.. But we want to change the culture. And the culture needs to be changed. You can help! Not just with money – though we definitely need some of that – but in all sorts of ways that can make you part of the team, as editors, translators, contributors, researchers, and even possibly someday authors. Please help disseminate! Once things are up and running, we hope to operate as a publishing house supplying physical books, and artworks (cups, curtains), but in the meantime, enjoy! Help! Spread the word!
WHERE IT ALL BEGINS
Anthropology For Kids was invented to share the knowledge and opinions between experts and non-experts about the diversity of human life in the past, today, and tomorrow. The project provides (self-)educational materials, participatory frameworks and non-hierarchical production of knowledge and shared understanding that is designed to be accessible to people – children, their parents, and anybody else – from all backgrounds. The content production allows for collective authorship, varying styles of expression, and an open social process; it involves artists, intellectuals and amateurs, writers and researchers, teachers and children as well as a broad public community contributing to the web project. Initially started in 2008 by Nika Dubrovsky, Berlin, Anthropology For Kids was inspired by democratic Soviet children literature. This specific genre was invented in the 1920s as a means to communicate with the general population in a language that everybody could share.